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Kelaidis
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Dear Todd!
    What is mine is your's: I am VERY grateful for all you do for NARGS. You NEVER need to even ask (for one thing, I will never remember what I said you could do anyway!)...
    Fondly,

Panayoti

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

Boland
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You're the best PK!  Thanks from NARGS for being one of our best supporters!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

I like Monarda, been wondering about the new compact varieties. The only one I'm currently growing is Monarda punctata (spotted bee-balm, dotted horsemint).  It has a wide range and is quite variable; I like those that have yellow flowers.  This one hasn't shown any signs of mildew in the past 4-5 years that I've grown it.  Can be shortlived, but mild self sowing has kept it around.  In the second image, there's a mud dauber milling about.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MOPU
http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_mopu.pdf

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Kelaidis
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I love those annual monardas as well (suprised to hear that puncatata can be perennial). I just realized I never photographed my big clumps of M. pectinata I finally got going around my garden. I hope THEY self sow!

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Kelaidis wrote:

I love those annual monardas as well (suprised to hear that puncatata can be perennial). I just realized I never photographed my big clumps of M. pectinata I finally got going around my garden. I hope THEY self sow!

I don't know M. pectinata so I googled, looks quite attractive in some forms, I like the linear foliage:
http://www.opsu.edu/Academics/SciMathNurs/NaturalScience/PlantsInsectsOf...

The M. punctata plant shown in the two photos above were from 2010.  Here's a photo of the same plant taken mid July 2011.  Whether it sticks around for a third year is anyone's guess.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Booker
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Another from the Dolomites ...

'Orchid meadow'

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Lori S.
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Beautiful, Cliff!  Are those Pulsatilla seedheads I see amongst the orchids?  It must have been an amazing sight earlier too when they were in bloom.

I like this photo - the scale comes across reasonably well:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Cliff, a wonderful meadow!
Lori, I do understand why you like that photo - I would like to walk there ;)

From places I have walked:

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

AmyO
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Really awesome photos! I would so love to hike there! Where were these photos taken Lori & Trond?
Here are few taken a couple years back on vacation to Wyoming & Utah. What a blast!!  ;D I can't recommend Capitol Reef enough, there were so many side canyons to explore around every bend in the access road. Loads of Castilleja and other natives that I didn't know.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Booker
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Beautiful landscapes folks ...

A Dolomite trip-tych from me.  :D

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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